Bring Your A-GaME! and Dominate the Field [Investigation] — As Newer Technologies Mature and Are Adopted More Widely — It’s A Whole New Ball Game Out There
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in collaboration with industry partners, is helping state DOTs take their existing geotechnical site characterization programs to the next level. Technologies...

Cities Call for Federal Infrastructure Investment in 2020

Seismic Success
An innovative seismic retrofit has prepared the nearly 90-year-old Robert A. Young Federal Building in St. Louis for the future. Despite extensive work within the 1 million sq ft structure, the building...

Final Rule Continues Efforts to Rescind Federal Protection for Certain Streams, Wetlands

Nuclear Deconstruction
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a decades-long effort to safely decommission and dismantle a trio of Army nuclear reactors. The first part of the project involved the successful deconstruction...

Space Place
To help design and construct human habitats for Earth orbit, the moon, and Mars, NASA is turning to teams of experts in academia and private industry, including civil and structural engineers. The ideas...

Designing Secret Cities
Before the U.S. government could develop the first atomic bombs in World War II, it first had to design and construct three “secret cities” at which that work would be completed. Created almost entirely...

Federal Effort Needed to Modernize Interstate Highway System, Report Says

Beware the Many Nuances of Contracting with the Federal Government
An opinion released by the federal appellate court in K-Con Inc. v. Secretary of the Army illustrates how the Christian doctrine works and the challenge it...

Congressional Hearing, "Green New Deal" Call for Greater Federal Infrastructure Funding

Delivering Olmsted Lock and Dam
The Olmsted Locks and Dam, the largest civil works project by the US Army Corps of Engineers since the Panama Canal, became operational in August 2018. More than 30 years in the making, the $3-billion...

Are Prescriptive Specifications in Design/Build Contracts Traps for the Unwary?
This month’s case, Appeal of American West Construction LLC, examines how one government board viewed the issue of prescriptive specifications in design/build contracts....

Restoration Through Reclamation
The people of the Netherlands have a long history of reclaiming land from the sea. In one of the lasted examples, the construction of an artificial archipelago represents a remarkable collaboration among...

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Geo-Resilience By Soil Improvement: Contrasting the Performance of Two Embankments during a Megathrust Mw 7.8 Earthquake
The west coast of Ecuador forms the eastern side of the Pacific "ring of fire" along the Nazca tectonic plate boundary (Figure 1). The epicenter of the Ecuador earthquake on April 16, 2016 (Mw 7.8), was...

Building Momentum: Advocacy Victories Spur Hope for Federal Gas Tax Efforts

Proactive Management of Landslide- and Rockfall-Prone Slopes: A New Program for Federal Land Management Agencies
Most people realize that the nation's transportation infrastructure is aging faster than federal, state, and local governments can manage with traditional methods. In fact, a national and international...

Engineering Department Makes Diversity a Priority
Beena Sukumaran, Ph.D., M.ASCE, the vice president for research, and the former department head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, at Rowan University, along with a team of researchers,...

Floating on Air
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has designed a concept for how Venus—which has a surface that is hot enough to melt lead—can be safely explored by astronauts....

Perfluorinated Chemical Contamination in Drinking Water Raises Concerns in Congress
Shortly after a House subcommittee examined the issue of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water, a group of Michigan representatives introduced legislation intended to encourage federal agencies to...

 

 

 

 

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